The councillors have approved a construction plan to build 853 social and affordable homes in Dublin following a voting on the proposal. The plan to build homes at Oscar Traynor Road in Santry was passed with the support of 36 members while 23 councillors opposed. Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party and most Labour councillors were in support, and Sinn Féin, the Social Democrats, People Before Profit and most Independent councillors voted against.
The plan was first brought before the council eight years ago and the final approval is followed by a number of revisions. The construction work will be carried out by Glenveagh where 40% of the homes will be used for social housing, 40% for cost rental homes and the remaining 20% will be sold to low and middle- income workers qualifying for the upcoming affordable purchase scheme, reports The Irish Times.
The plan faced strong opposition from the councillors earlier as the proportion of homes approved for Glenveagh for private selling was 50%. The plan was later changed where just 20% will be given for the developers for private selling and that will also be based on affordable purchase scheme.
The plan now to be submitted to the planning commission and once approved, construction is likely to begin next year. The homes will be delivered within four years.
According to the Council, the affordable homes to be constructed will cost €204,000-€238,000 for a one bed and €250,000- €306,000 for a three bed. The cost-rental prices will be up to €1,500 a month for a two-bed apartment.